LL Cool J Scores 13th Top 10 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

LL Cool J performs during SXSW at the Doritos Bold Stage on March 14, 2013 in Austin, Texas.
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The rapper's "Authentic" is his first independently distributed album after a long run with Def Jam.

LL Cool J’s 14th full-length release, “Authentic,” opens at No. 7 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 14,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Queens rapper has taken all but one of his chart entries to the top 10 of the chart -- 1996’s hits set “All World” peaked at No. 21. After an entire career on Def Jam, “Authentic” is LL’s first independently distributed album.

Returning to the top of the chart this week is Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” with 68,000 copies (though it's down by 8%) in its eighth week. Last week’s No. 1 debut, Fantasia’s “Side Effects of You,” slips to No. 2 with 36,000 copies (down 60%) while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” rises 4-3 with a 24% increase to 35,000.

Lil Wayne’s “I Am Not a Human Being II” steps 5-4 with 22,000 (a 13% drop) to cross the 400,000-sold threshold in its sixth week while Kid Cudi’s “Indicud” slips 3-5 with 15,000 to close out the top five.

Notable new additions to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums include Strange Music act Rittz, posting “The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant” at No. 8 with 14,000 copies, and New York underground rap scene staple R.A. the Rugged Man, with “Legends Never Die” debuting at No. 17 with 4,000.

Over on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis retain the top two positions with “Can’t Hold Us” picking up a third week at the top and “Thrift Shop” holding on to No. 2. Drake’s “Started from the Bottom” (4-3) swaps places with Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” (3-4) as does J. Cole’s “Power Trip” (6-5) with Lil Wayne’s “Love Me” (5-6). For J. Cole, the move into the top five marks only the second time the North Carolina MC reaches the region.

Wale’s “Bad” stays put at No. 7 on the chart while Emeli Sande’s “Next to Me” (9-8) reaches the new peak of No. 8 in its 13th week. Sande’s breakout hit sold 62,000 downloads last week to push the track passed the 500,000 mark.

Ace Hood’s “Bugatti” re-enters the top 10 with an 11-9 skip while Chris Brown’s “Fine China” closes it out with a 13-10 jump. Brown has now taken 25 titles to the region with this being his first as a lead artist since “Strip” peaked at No. 3 in October, 2012.

This week’s Hot Shot Debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs is Mariah Carey’s latest single “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, entering at No. 39. Island Def Jam teamed up with Clear Channel to premiere the track with hourly spins from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on more than 230 radio stations on May 6. The unveiling of the song reached 31 million listeners during the last two days of the chart’s tracking period, according to Nielsen BDS. The diva has now posted 55 titles on the chart, with this week’s debut being her best since “Heartbreaker,” featuring Jay-Z, opened at No. 33 in 1999.